Hear from these Thought-Leaders, High-Profile Exerts and Successful Entrepreneurs at this year’s Discover Your Personal Brand Conference!

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden, CEO at TRUTHPLANE

Keynote: “Winning Body Language to Build Trust and Credibility”

Mark Bowden is an expert in human behavior and body language, and is the creator of TRUTHPLANE®, a communication training company and unique methodology for anyone who has to communicate with impact. Mark’s highly entertaining keynote speeches and training seminars teach audiences around the world how to use the most influential verbal and nonverbal language to stand out, win trust and gain credibility every time they speak.

Mark was voted #1 in the world’s top 30 Body Language Professionals for both 2014 and 2015 by Global Gurus for his world class communication techniques, in which he trains leading business people, teams, presidents and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and Prime Ministers of G8 powers. Mark is also on faculty as business presentation trainer for The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA, ranked #1 in the world by The Economist.

Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark, Author of Reinventing You & Stand Out, Inc’s #1 Leadership Book of 2015

Keynote: “Stand Out” (via exclusive video)

Dorie Clark is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine and was a Washington Post bestseller. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.”

She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, and Entrepreneur. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Inc., and Fortune, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, the U.S. State Department, and the World Bank. You can download her free 42-page Stand Out Self-Assessment Workbook and learn more at dorieclark.com

Lulu Cohen-Farnell

Lulu Cohen-Farnell, Founder, Chief Brand & Food Innovation Officer at Real Food for Real Kids

Keynote: “Taking Huge Risks to Build Your Brand”

Lulu is the disruptive creative force at the heart of Real Food for Real Kids. Her defiant answer to industrial food now nourishes over 15,000 kids (and growing!) in childcare centres, elementary schools and camps daily.

Born and raised in Paris, a lifelong passion for food, health, fitness and authentic cuisine made Lulu the ideal mom to start a food fight. With the blessing of visionary YMCA staff, back in 2004, she cooked her son Max and his childcare buddies a delicious, colourful alternative to the factory-farmed, additive-filled, highly processed fare that dominated children’s catering.

Soon Lulu (with husband David’s help) was heading a socially responsible food enterprise that inspires health and supports sustainable farming. People have noticed. Lulu and RFRK have won the Food in Canada’s Leaderships Awards in Health & Wellness, the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, plus ecological, entrepreneurial and Best Place to Work awards.

As an advocate, speaker and fooducator, Lulu shares ideas on food, health, fitness and her how-to experience. To learn more about RFRK, or invite Lulu to speak at an event, please visit www.rfrk.com

Paul Copcutt

Paul Copcutt, Personal Brand Speaker & Coach at PC Unlimited

Paul Copcutt, Personal Brand Architect Combines clients brand stories and concrete actions, to inspire you to find your rebel voice and build your own brand. Recognized by Forbes as a top personal brand strategist globally, his own corporate rebel career started in banking and ended in biotech, two subjects he failed at school. He still listens to early 80’s punk music usually before he speaks.

Jamie Mason Cohen

Jamie Mason Cohen, Best-Selling Author, Handwriting Analysis Expert

Jamie Mason Cohen works with entrepreneurs and small business owners ready for growth who want to stand out from their competition by identifying what makes them unique and translate their unique passion into an epic personal brand.

He is an #1 Amazon bestselling author, a TEDx speaker, the recipient of a Huff-Post and TED Education international teaching award and a Handwriting analysis expert.

Dan Trommater

Dan Trommater, Chief Engagement Officer – Expert Magician and Facilitator

Keynote: “The Magic of Communication”

Dan has practiced magic for 15 years, both as a form of entertainment and as a communication tool. He’s traveled all across North America working with organizations that want to shift their perspectives. He’s a repeat performer at the Magic Castle – the world’s most prestigious magic performance venue. His speaking and training clients include the Rotman School of Management, Queens University, TD Financial Group and the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Bobby Umar

Bobby Umar, 4x TEDx & Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speaker, Founder, Raeallan & DYPB

Keynote: “My Personal Brand Definition”

Bobby Umar is a speaker, coach and one of the most prolific, heart-based leaders in North America. Inc Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson, Brene Brown and John Maxwell. He is a 4x TEDx speaker, a social media influencer, with over 400,000 followers. Bobby has been named the 2nd best business coach to follow on Twitter. He is an author of two books, including a #1 best seller, and a Huffington Post contributor. Bobby was a “2015 Speaker to Watch” by the Global Speakers Agency and founded DYPB.

Sarah Vermunt

Sarah Vermunt, Founder, Careergasm

Keynote: “Shut Up And Take My Money!”

Sarah Vermunt is the founder of Careergasm, where she helps people figure out what the heck they want so they can create feel-good work. She writes about careers and entrepreneurship for Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and Entrepreneur. Nobody is more surprised by this than her –she swears a lot, wears glitter nail polish, and refuses to drink the corporate Kool-Aid. A former business professor, now Sarah helps entrepreneurs and aspiring career changers all over the world get their mojo back. She lives in Toronto and online at careergasm.com

FRIDAY PERSONAL BRANDING ALL-STAR PANEL

Cameron Gordon

Cameron Gordon, Head of Communications, Twitter

Moderator, All-Star Panel

A Canadian industry veteran with more than a decade of experience in public relations, social media and digital communications, Cam is the communications lead for Twitter Canada and a member of the company’s global public relations team. Cam spent 10+ years prior to Twitter working for two of Canada’s most well-respected communications firms, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and High Road Communications, working on top clients such as LG Electronics, Canon, Disney, 3M and American Express. Cam has also worked closely with many of Canada’s most well-known brands such as Canada Goose, TELUS and Spin Master.

Erin Bury

Erin Bury, Managing Director at 88 Creative

Panelist, All-Star Panel

Erin is the Managing Director at 88 Creative, a Toronto-based creative communications agency. Prior to 88 Creative she was the Managing Editor at startup publication BetaKit, and director of communications at Sprouter, which was acquired by Postmedia in 2011. Erin is a frequent speaker with the National Speakers Bureau, writes a monthly column for the Financial Post, and is a tech commentator on CTV News. She has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and Canadian Business, and was named one of Marketing Magazine’s top 30 Under 30 marketers. Her claim to fame is being retweeted by Oprah – twice.

Jennifer Ettinger

Jennifer Ettinger, Founder & President at Fit Your Style

Panelist, All-Star Panel

Jennifer Ettinger is a fitness & style expert, best selling author, TV host and co-producer, keynote speaker, national brand ambassador for New Balance, Vitamix and various North American Brands, Red Carpet Social Media Correspondent covering red carpet event of entertainment (Oscars, Grammy’s, Billboards, Emmys, Golden Globes) and owner of Fit Your Style. Jennifer Ettinger’s dedication to helping men and women stems from her own triumph over Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, having been bedridden and overweight. With three degrees from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Jennifer is an entrepreneurial leader with over 20 year of experience across North America, helping people get happy, confident and learn to love the bodies they were born in!
Jagmeet Singh

Jagmeet Singh, MPP, ONDP Deputy Leader

Panelist, All-Star Panel

Jagmeet Singh was elected in 2011 and is the Deputy Leader for Ontario’s New Democratic Party. Jagmeet is the first turbaned Sikh MPP in Ontario.

He obtained his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001 and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 2005. He was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006. Prior to joining public office he was a trial lawyer practicing in the Brampton and Mississauga area. He has always been a strong voice for vulnerable people and vocal on a number of human rights issues. He is also well known for his personal brand, having been recently recognized by BuzzFeed Canada as the “Most Stylish Politician in Canada By Like a Million Kilometers”, and earlier by Toronto Life as a “rising star”, and as one of the top 20 best dressed residents of Toronto.

Bobby Umar

Bobby Umar, 4x TEDx & Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speaker, Founder, Raeallan & DYPB

Keynote: “My Personal Brand Definition”

Bobby Umar is a speaker, coach and one of the most prolific, heart-based leaders in North America. Inc Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson, Brene Brown and John Maxwell. He is a 4x TEDx speaker, a social media influencer, with over 400,000 followers. Bobby has been named the 2nd best business coach to follow on Twitter. He is an author of two books, including a #1 best seller, and a Huffington Post contributor. Bobby was a “2015 Speaker to Watch” by the Global Speakers Agency and founded DYPB.

NEED FUNDING? HERE’S HOW YOU GET IT (PANEL)

Mike Woollatt

Mike Woollatt, CEO, Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA)

Moderator, Need Funding? Here’s How You Get It Panel

Mike is CEO of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA). Previously Mike was an entrepreneur who co-founded, amongst other businesses, Beaconsfield Group – a successful management consulting and public affairs firm. He has held senior executive roles at various major Canadian corporations including Bell Canada, CTVglobemedia, and Canwest Global Communications. Before entering the private sector, Mike worked for the Government of Canada as an economist in the Department of Finance and as a policy advisor to the Minister of Finance. Mike has also worked overseas as an economist on World Bank-funded projects and was a College-level economic Instructor.

Scott Bowman

Scott Bowman, Senior Director, Ontario at Futurpreneur

Panelist, Need Funding? Here’s How You Get It Panel

Scott Bowman is an entrepreneur and a leader in the field of youth business development.

Scott joined Futurpreneur Canada in August 2010 to take on the role of Director, Government Relations. He actively promoted entrepreneurship as a key component to help solve youth unemployment to governments’ across Canada. As well, he was instrumental in securing Contribution Agreements from various levels of government for Futurpreneur.

In July 2012, Scott took on the role of Senior Director, Ontario at Futurpreneur. Since taking the lead of the Ontario team, he has expanded the size and skills of the team, extending Futurpreneur’s impact into communities across Ontario. Scott continues to focus his energies on presenting opportunities, building connections, and honing the skills of young people to help them become business owners.

Susan Henry

Susan Henry, Community Investment Manager, Alterna Savings

Panelist, Need Funding? Here’s How You Get It Panel

Susan Henry has over 20 years’ experience in the micro-finance arena. She manages the Alterna Savings Community Micro Finance Program and the Community Loan Funds Partnership Programs. At Alterna Savings she spearheaded the creation of a Networking Café to help members network and expand their business skills.Speaking regularly on financing for small business to potential entrepreneurs at many GTA and Ottawa based organizations, she addresses over 1000 potential small business owners each year. Susan is also an acknowledged leader in the field of Community Economic Development in Canada, and has advised policy makers and practitioners in the area of Micro Finance. She continues to consult and lend her expertise to organizations starting Community Loan Funds with a focus on small business and social enterprise development.
Michelle Lochan

Michelle Lochan, Client Services Manager, ventureLAB

Panelist, Need Funding? Here’s How You Get It Panel

Michelle Lochan is ventureLAB’s Client Services Manager. An entrepreneur herself, Michelle provides business advising, business model development and investment readiness services through her own venture, MarketStart. She is a passionate advocate for women in entrepreneurship and has contributed to grassroots and public programs across the GTA, leading to sustainable self-employment and community leadership. Since 2012 Michelle has supported over $7 million dollars in capital raised. Michelle loves the disruptive nature of entrepreneurship and firmly believes that it is a form of social justice. 

Steven Uster

Steven Uster, CEO, FundThrough

Panelist, Need Funding? Here’s How You Get It Panel

Steven Uster is the Co-Founder & CEO of FundThrough, an invoice funding platform that helps business owners eliminate “the wait” associated with payment terms by giving them the power and flexibility to get their invoices paid when they want, with one click, and in as little as 24 hours. FundThrough is one of Canada’s leading fintech startups, funding millions of dollars in invoices every month.
Prior to FundThrough, Steven was an investment banker in New York at UBS and Centerview Partners. Steven has an MBA from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from McGill University, where he was a Loran Scholar.

Nataliya Yavorska

Nataliya Yavorska, Co Founder, Thinking North

Panelist, Need Funding? Here’s How You Get It Panel

Nataliya is the co-founder of Thinking North, an investment network specializing in funding technology ventures at various stages of development. She helps founders craft their investment pitch, deliver effective presentations to the investment community, and connect with suitable investors. In addition to her work at Thinking North, Nataliya also helps companies and business leaders develop both their corporate and personal brands by creating and implementing individualized marketing and communications strategies.

TARGETING YOUR BRANDED TRIBE (PANEL)

Daniel Francavilla

Daniel Francavilla, Creative Director & Founder, Now Creative Group

Moderator, Targeting Your Branded Tribe Panel

Daniel Francavilla is a creative entrepreneur actively supporting innovative projects that have a positive impact. He founded Now Creative Group where he works as the Creative Director with a team providing Design, Digital, Marketing and Media services to startups, businesses and non-profits. He shares tips through his YouTube show and regular free events at his shared space, Now Common in Toronto. Daniel is passionate about helping others to create social change. While in high school he founded ACCESS, a non-profit to help youth in developing countries receive an education, which has evolved into supporting local youth in creating their own organizations for positive social change. Daniel has a Graphic Design degree from OCAD University and a certificate in Digital Strategy & Communications Management at the University of Toronto.

Rachel Lauren Clark

Rachel Lauren Clark, Secretary, Pride Toronto

Panelist, Targeting Your Branded Tribe Panel

Rachel Clark is an LGBT rights advocate who is President of the Queer Liberals, General Secretary of the University-Rosedale Federal Liberal Association, and on the executive of several LGBT NFP’s. She is an award winning activist, and author of poetry, nonfiction and fiction.

David Cravit

David Cravit, Vice President, Conferences, Zoomer U, Zoomer Media

Panelist, Targeting Your Branded Tribe Panel

David Cravit is the Vice President, Conferences and Zoomer U, ZoomerMedia Ltd., author of The New Old (2008) and Beyond Age Rage (2012), tracking the reinvention of aging, its impact on society, and the emerging ‘war of the generations’, a frequent speaker to business and consumer audiences, a Frequent commentator on radio and TV, with 35+ years’ experience in advertising and marketing, and has participated at the most senior levels in creation of more than $5 billion worth of advertising in USA and Canada.

Jordan Hill

Jordan Hill, Co-Director, Global Leadership Academy

Panelist, Targeting Your Branded Tribe Panel

Jordan is a professional career coach and entrepreneur. Along with co-founding the Global Leadership Academy, a leading online talent development platform, he is the founder of Metcalfe Hill – a career development coaching group focused on developing millennial talent to their potential. Prior to coaching, Jordan worked as a Chartered Professional Accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Vijay Setlur

Vijay Setlur, Sports Marketing Instructor, Schulich School of Business, York University

Panelist, Targeting Your Branded Tribe Panel

Vijay Setlur is a Sport Marketing Instructor at Schulich School of Business-York University in Toronto, where he applies an “industry-centric” approach to business education.  As well, he is Director of Marketing and Communications for Visual Sports, a Canadian manufacturer of golf and multi-sport simulators.  At Schulich, Vijay has deployed a successful brand building strategy that has resulted in over 140 media mentions since 2011, building his profile as a specialist, and secured academic project partnerships with 70 companies that have built Schulich’s brand in the sport industry.  The Toronto native enjoys networking, mentoring students, travelling, participating in industry conferences, attending film festivals and supporting Toronto’s pro sports teams.  He holds a MBA from Schulich, certificates in Public Relations and Event Management from Ryerson University and The George Washington University, respectively, and a BAA in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson.

Fatima Zaidi

Fatima Zaidi, Director, Business Development at Rent, Frock, Repeat

Panelist, Targeting Your Branded Tribe Panel

Fatima Zaidi has had over eight years of experience in Sales and Business Development. Her expertise in sales effectiveness, partnerships, brand development and customer experience development led her to take on the role of Head of Business Development at Rent frock Repeat, before being promoted to Director a year later, where she is now responsible for the overall management of all Business Development and Customer Relationship activities nationwide. Committed to growing the company and providing an exceptional customer experience, Fatima focuses on creating and executing strategies to increase both market share and revenue, closing strategic partnerships and implementing processes to expand new partnerships and revenue avenues. Her success results from a combination of closing strategic partnerships, appearing on Global News Canada and other media outlets, performing speaking engagements, penetrating new markets, and steering corporate strategy to ensure profitability. She is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience at Rent frock Repeat. She loves that at Rent frock Repeat, they provide a glamorous celebrity experience at a fraction of the cost. She wants every woman to have access to the services that make them feel beautiful, empowered and confident.

JUST STARTING UP? HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT! (PANEL)

Leigh MItchell

Leigh Mitchell, Founder, Women in Biz Network

Moderator, Just Starting Out? Here’s How You Do It! Panel

Leigh Mitchell is the founder & president of Women in Biz Network. Leigh specializes in professional development for women through delivering skill building events, conferences, webinars, marketing and membership services. Leigh is passionate about connecting women across North America and is considered to be one of Canada’s leading small business ambassadors. Her goal is to create happy and inspired entrepreneurs that feel empowered with greater productivity and enhanced business skills. Leigh has successfully assisted many leading brands to engage with the WIBN community. Brands include: GM Canada, Microsoft Canada, Telus, Johnson & Johnson, Maple Leaf Foods, TD Canada Trust, Staples Canada and Random House. Leigh has been featured on CBC Radio, the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail and in other media and has been a featured speaker at Blissdom Canada.

Anastassia Boguslavskay

Anastassia Boguslavskaa, Co-Founder, CMO at shopbake.com

Panelist, Just Starting Out? Here’s How You Do It! Panel

Anastassia has produced innovative, professional and successful digital marketing strategies for over a decade. Her background in PR, Marketing and Social Media has fine-tuned the skills needed to strengthen the online presence of any company. As Founder of Driven Digital Marketing, she now leads a team of support for clients and their online goals. Their international exposure to markets in London, New York, Toronto and Moscow has polished a reputation of providing clients exposure to the latest in social and digital media. She also holds the position of CMO and Co-Founder of Canada’s first and only online bakery marketplace. Building upon her growing network, Anastassia continuously develops global ventures that profit from an effective, online presence. Anastassia has a MA in Digital Marketing from Hult International Business School, a HBA in Culture, Communication and IT from the University of Toronto, and an accreditation in Digital Communication from Sheridan College.

Cheryl Ng

Cheryl Ng, CEO foufouBRANDS

Panelist, Just Starting Out? Here’s How You Do It! Panel

By combining entrepreneurship with her love for dogs, Cheryl Ng tapped into a niche market and quickly was recognized as an industry leader in pet fashion, toys and accessories. Today, you can find FouFou Brands products being distributed globally in many of the world’s largest pet store retailers, chain stores, grocery stores and specialty shops.

FouFou Brands continues to be a leader in the industry with new and innovative products that keep the company ahead of the pack with continued success. FouFou Brands has been featured in many magazines and publications and achieved high rankings as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies by Profit magazine

 Michael Petcherski

Michael Petcherski, Founder & CEO, ThreeWorks Snacks

Panelist, Just Starting Out? Here’s How You Do It! Panel

Michael Petcherski (ig:@michael3works) graduated from the Schulich School of Business. After teaching Tennis for a year he secured a position at a Big Ketchup company HJ Heinz, and was voted as the Top Salesperson in Canada. Having also worked at Evian, Unilever and Cadbury his entrepreneurial spirit pushed him to launch ThreeWorks in 2007 working with brands like Whirlpool and Sugarpova by Maria Sharapova. In 2012 Michael changed course and ThreeWorks Apple Chips were born, inspired by his Mom who reinforced the importance to eat natural foods and live a balanced lifestyle. ThreeWorks Apple Chips are now available across Canada, and recently launched in the United States.

 

Bram Warshafsky

Bram Warshafsky, Co Founder and CEO, 5crowd

Panelist, Just Starting Out? Here’s How You Do It! Panel

Named as one of the 2014 “Top 30 under 30” by Marketing magazine, Bram Warshafsky is the co-founder of 5Crowd, a Canadian startup that connects marketing departments with top freelance professionals in over 150 cities. 5Crowd is now trusted by a growing list of industry leading companies like Labatt, Hershey’s, CIBC, and PepsiCo. Before 5Crowd, Bram held various roles within brand management and digital marketing at Johnson & Johnson. He is a graduate of the Queen’s School of Business and currently teaches the highly rated Marketing Strategy class at George Brown College.

 

Tim Wootton

Tim Wootton, Founder, Rover Parking

Panelist, Just Starting Out? Here’s How You Do It! Panel

Tim is the Founder of Rover Parking, an AirBnB host, UberX driver & user of everything in the shared economy. Tim has helped turn-around several businesses and most recently orchestrated the sale of his family company Kingsmill Foods. With an entrepreneurship degree from Dal, an MBA from Queen’s & most recently a lecturer at McMaster University Tim enjoys the privilege of inspiring & being inspired by other entrepreneurs.

 

POSITIONING YOUR BRAND ON SOCIAL MEDIA (PANEL)

Cher Jones

Cher Jones, Social Media Trainer – Socially Active

Moderator, Positioning Your Brand on Social Media Panel

Cher Jones is a Corporate Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Coach with the love of technology hardwired into her personality. She leverages over 15 years of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience when teaching entrepreneurs and professionals how to effectively get online and develop powerful personal brands for business. She has worked internationally with a wide variety of organizations including the City of Toronto, Hong Kong Police, PokerStars, NBA TV Canada, Rogers, UK Trade and Investment, UAE Steel, The Ontario Ministry of Education and CBC to name a few.

Alex Bevilacqua

Alex Bevilacqua, Partnerships & Growth at Picatic

Panelist, Positioning Your Brand on Social Media Panel

Alex Bevilacqua works in Growth & Partnerships at Picatic as the Ontario Regional Manager. For the past 6 years he has studied, worked for and worked as a startup. He loves to work with disruptive technology to drive growth through collaboration.

Yanal Dhailieh

Yanal Dhailieh, CEO at Peace Collective

Panelist, Positioning Your Brand on Social Media Panel

Biomedical student turned entrepreneur, Yanal Dhailieh, founded the Peace Collective in 2014 with the goal of making a difference in the community.

Having lived in Toronto all his life, Yanal was a die-hard sports fan. Yanal created the very first t-shirt to wear to the Raptors playoff game but little did he know that it was the start of a movement.

The 25-year old entrepreneur is passionate about building sustainable business that incorporates the philanthropic aspect of giving back as well as helping other entrepreneurs discover their story and telling it to the world.

Mallory Greene

Mallory Greene, Community Development Manager at WealthSimple

Panelist, Positioning Your Brand on Social Media Panel

Mallory is Community Development Manager at Wealthsimple, where she leads events, sponsorships and social media marketing. She’s passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and real-world events, while specializing in Pinterest marketing – where she boasts over 246,000 followers.

Daniel Lewis

Daniel Lewis, CEO at T by Daniel

Panelist, Positioning Your Brand on Social Media Panel

Daniel Lewis is the funky- bowtie wearing founder of the modern, award winning tea company T By Daniel Inc. His crazy outlook on business and his Willy Wonka-like retail tactics have garnered him and his company nation wide recognition and many awards and honours. Daniel’s success with his retail tea brand have landed him a new exciting title as one of 3 Global Entrepreneurship Week Ambassadors for Canada and also paved the way for him to launch TheMillionearsClub. ” public speaking platform,which addresses | How to get the attention of a “million-ears” without being a “millionaire!”

PR/MEDIA TO THE PEOPLE (PANEL)

Nova Browning Rutherford

Nova Browning Rutherford, Personal Development Coach, Speaker

Moderator, PR/Media to the People Panel

Nova Browning Rutherford is a Personal Development Coach and Speaker who reminds audiences that they can transform pain into progress. A survivor of abuse, addiction and assault, Nova masterfully shares her difficult past with sincerity and humour, encouraging individuals in limbo to break the victim mentality. A two time national award winner for Best Lecturer, Nova is represented by the National Speakers Bureau.

Nova is regularly featured as an expert on the nationally syndicated daytime talk show “The Social”, and has appeared on CTV, CBC TV & Radio, Huffington Post, OWN, Metro and Chatelaine.

Jodi Goodfellow

Jodi Goodfellow, Founder + Executive Director, Startup Fashion Week

Panelist, PR/Media to the People Panel

When Jodi isn’t in the classroom teaching Toronto teens about Visual Arts— her job for the last 17 years— or in meetings as the President of her Condo Board, she’s either globe trotting, shopping (and sometimes both simultaneously!) or busy planning Startup Fashion Week. As the founder and Executive Producer of SFW she has created a unique platform for entrepreneurs in Fashion and Fashion-Tech to have showcase opportunities, connect with Industry Professionals and seek media exposure opportunities.

Darriel Roy

Darriel Roy, Host & Producer, On The Scene Network (OTSN)

Panelist, PR/Media to the People Panel

Darriel Roy is a Canadian Journalist & former beauty queen. Prior to getting into Journalism she was a delegate in the Miss Universe Canada pageant & Miss Canada International. She got her start in the Television industry at Rogers Television where she worked as a TV Host. She has had a chance to meet and interview some of the biggest A-listers, politicians and business titans in the world, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Oz, Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson, & Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau just to name a few. Currently, she works as the Host/Producer of On The Scene Network which airs on MSN.ca & the AOL Inc Networks.

Brigitte Truong

Brigitte Truong Host & Producer, The Watchlist, CHCH

Panelist, PR/Media to the People Panel

Brigitte Truong is a Toronto based television host, producer, and digital content creator who has collaborated with some of the biggest brands and networks in Canada and the US. She is currently the co-host of The Watchlist on CHCH interviewing Hollywood’s biggest stars such as Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keanu Reeves, Robert Pattinson, Penelope Cruz, and Daniel Radcliffe. With an active life on social media and Youtube, Brigitte hopes to inspire the next generation to eradicate #FOMO from their lexicon and celebrate life by living it with passion and purpose.

Emily Ward

Emily Ward, Co Founder, Shine PR 

Panelist, PR/Media to the People Panel

Emily is a leading public relations and influencer relations consultant with thirteen years of agency experience working with a wide range of startup and large corporate clients in both B2B and B2C capacities. After honing her skills working at award-winning integrated agencies, DDB Canada and theadlibgroup, Emily established herself as a successful independent consultant working with brands including Pilsner Urquell, Vegas Tourism, Ontario’s Finest Hotels, Inns & Spas and Kraft Foodservice. In early 2015, alongside her partner Jess Hunichen, Emily launched Shine PR following by the launch of Shine Influencers in November 2015 marking Shine as one of the first talent management agencies for social superstars.

BUILDING A PERSONAL BRAND TO CHANGE THE WORLD (PANEL)

Greg de Koker

Greg de Koker, CEO at Evolation

Moderator, Building a Personal Brand to Change the World Panel

Demonstrating his entrepreneurial spirit, Greg De Koker created his own program of study, International Trade, while at The University of Michigan. Five years later, in 1993, he founded Imagine That! Communications, a brand strategy and design firm. In 2006, he merged with Instinct Brand Equity Coaches and became Managing Partner. In 2012, Greg founded Evolation, an inside-out brand strategy organization.

Greg now helps organizations clarify and live their Essential Truth describing precisely who they are, why they do what they do, what they stand for and how they act. In doing so, he helps these companies build trust, their brand, their culture, their success and the difference they’re making.

While at Instinct, Greg co-authored the first edition of a book that was on the Globe & Mail’s list of top best-selling business books consistently for several years – Brand: It ain’t the logo* (*It’s what people think of you).

Andray Domise

Andray Domise, Co Founder, Techsdale

Panelist, Building a Personal Brand to Change the World Panel

Andray Domise is a writer, community activist, and co-founder of TXDL, an educational program which teaches tech skills to diverse youth in priority neighbourhoods. Among other publications, his columns have appeared in National Post, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, Toronto Life, TVO, Vice, and Hazlitt. As a critical observer of the way race is lived in Canada, Andray has spoken on panels for TVO’s The Agenda, CTV News, and CP24 among others. He is a board member for the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and Our Place Initiative, a board advisor for the ArtsGames Foundation, and a trustee for the Toronto Youth Cabinet. He is also a vocal member of the Ontario Black History Society, the Black Business Professionals Association, and the Jamaican Canadian Association.

Jennifer Huggins

Jennifer Huggins, Executive Director, Fight to End Cancer (FTEC)

Panelist, Building a Personal Brand to Change the World Panel

Jennifer Huggins owns and operates Kingsway Boxing in Toronto, Canada. As an Olympic Boxing Referee with AIBA, she works the sport from the inside out. In addition to being Head Coach at her gym, Jennifer is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fight To End Cancer. She is heavily involved in the community, however still manages to find the time to travel the world performing with Richard Forget (World Class Magician and Entertainer).

Jennifer’s business and personal motto is that “Variety is the Spice of Life!” She may box in the ring, but she most definately does not live inside of the box… unless of course Richard puts her there!

Jenise Lee

Jenise Lee, Founder, CertClean

Panelist, Building a Personal Brand to Change the World Panel

Jenise Lee, BASc., MBA, CEO & Founder of CertClean. Armed with a Chemical Engineering degree (University of Waterloo) and a MBA (Schulich School of Business), Jenise uses her analytical and strategic thinking skills to lead CertClean – North America’s largest certification for safer skincare. Jenise pursued an MBA degree after working as an environmental consultant for several years. Out of over 450 MBA students, Jenise was awarded the Charity Award for having exemplified outstanding contributions to charitable causes; Jenise continues lead charities which work within a feminist and or environmental framework. You will find her cracking jokes and laughing …everyday.

Christien Levien

Christien Levien, Founder at Legalswipe

Panelist, Building a Personal Brand to Change the World Panel

Christien Levien is a lawyer, innovator and technologist. Shortly after graduating from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law he created Legalswipe, an application which educates citizens on their legal rights. He has experience working at several levels of government and with various NGOs developing programming and evaluating policy. In addition to being a lawyer with the criminal defense law firm of Wiley & Levien, he is also a community advocate: he uses his passion for access to justice to address what he describes as the systemic shortcomings of the criminal justice system.

WORKSHOPS

Kunle Bristow

Kunle Bristow, CEO + Executive Director, kb | KUNLE

Workshop: Video Presenting for Executives & Professionals

Filmmaker Kunle Bristow is an in-demand workshop leader/speaker and communications futurist. He delivers video presenting and collaboration training to thought leaders and professionals from Silicon Valley, Harvard, and across North America.

Bristow appears on Huff Post Live and CTV, and is the creator and anchor of a new series, Futurism Weekly, which plans to launch in fall 2016 on a web television network with over 2 million subscribers.

Lauren Canzius

Lauren Canzius, Founder, LMC Consulting

Workshop: Leading with Your Brand: Leadership Essentials for Today’s Entrepreneurs

Educator, speaker, entrepreneur, Lauren Canzius, MIR, is truly focused on bringing out the best in others. Lauren is a strategic Human Resources professional experienced in all aspects of Human Resource Management and Leadership Development and her career has included roles in government, consulting and collective bargaining. Lauren sits on the Board of the Directors for the Human Resources Professional Association, Toronto Chapter and she also teaches HR courses at various universities across the GTA.

Ali Hanif

Ali Hanif, Founder & CEO, HANALI

Workshop: Content: It’s Not About You

Ali Hanif is the CEO of HANALI, a sales consultancy firm. His company works with sales teams to improve their sales process and develop content that can be used to help sales reps close more deals. Ali has over 12 years of experience in enterprise sales working with companies like Thomson Reuters, RBC, the Region of Peel and MaRs. You can find him Twitter: @alihanif101

Andrew Jenkins

Andrew Jenkins, Principal, Volterra Consulting

Workshop: Branding Yourself on LinkedIn

Andrew Jenkins has provided social media strategy and social selling services to numerous mid to large enterprises. He has spent the last twenty years working in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) spanning social media, wireless, and e-business. He holds a BA in Economics from Laurentian University, a BFA in Film Production from York University, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He also taught entrepreneurship at OCAD University and currently teaches Digital Strategy at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

Nick Kindler

Nick Kindler, Talk Boutique, Partner, Speaker Coach TEDxToronto, Director of Programming

Workshop: Branded Storytelling, Pitching & Presentations

Creativity. Education. Comedy. These three words nicely summarize and illustrate why Nick Kindler is one of Canada’s most sought after communication and speaker coaches. As a veteran of the Meeting & Events Management industry, a long time entrepreneur, and former actor and comedian Nick has been coaching corporate executives for many years. Making the choice to leave the agency world behind in 2014 Nick focused exclusively on coaching speakers to deliver their best possible talks.

It was only natural that Nick and TEDxToronto crossed paths last year when he was asked to volunteer has a Speaker Coach. Nick had the pleasure of working with some of the day’s best speakers and was so taken by the experience, he returned in 2016 as the Director of Programming. Nick is also the co-founder and a coach at Talk Boutique, specializing in speaker management and development. Nick offers a safe, comfortable coaching process that helps his clients and professional speakers enhance their ability to communicate so they engage others.

Scott Oldford

Scott Oldford, CEO, INFINITUS Marketing + Technology

Workshop: Creating Branded Sales Funnels for Small Business

In June 2013, I was $726,000 in debt due to a failed business venture. For many people, that may have signaled the end of their entrepreneurial passions. But desperation has this funny way of unlocking creativity 😉

I realized that my biggest problem had been failing to bring in a consistent stream of qualified leads for my business. So over the next three years, I developed a proprietary system of lead generation that has brought in multiple millions in revenue. Now, I use my 12 years of experience in entrepreneurship and online marketing to help other entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

MENTOR CAFE

Sign up for a 1-on-1 with one of the mentors to talk all things Personal Branding!

(sign up sheets will be posted at the conference)

Meg Button

Meg Button, CEO & Co-Founder at Nuscreen Inc.

Mentor Cafe: Personal Branding Mentor

Meg Button is CEO & Co-Founder of Nuscreen Inc., a digital innovation agency located in Toronto. At Nuscreen Meg leads a collective of innovative and energized individuals who are digital natives and obsessed with what’s NU and what’s next. Nuscreenworks with brands to build digital-first strategies and activate brands. Nuscreen is a Creative Partner to The Next 36, Canada’s Startup Accelerator Program and a Shopify Partner and Expert. Meg is on the judging panel for the Canadian Marketing Association Awards in the digital category, she’s an Advisory Board member to Startup Fashion Week and was recently nominated for the RBC Women of Influence Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.

Dian Chaaban

Dian Chaaban, Investment & Wealth Advisor, RBC Wealth Management

Mentor Cafe: Personal Branding Mentor

Dian’s Wealth Management practice is tailored to those who expect the very best service and is focused on providing highly-informed investment management, risk management, tax, estate and financial planning aimed towards financial success – however you define it. Dian is known for her thoughtful and patient approach to helping the next generation of investors address their complex financial concerns and educating them along the way. Dian regularly educates her clients and those around her about the world of finance and believes that financial literacy should be a common conversation, rather than the mystery that it has become for most.  To help turn the dial further, Dian authors a weekly note every Friday, Word on the Street, in where she correlates what’s happening in the world to the financial market, making it a fun, digestible and educational read.

 

Jami Mason Cohen

Jamie Mason Cohen, Best-Selling Author, Handwriting Analysis Expert

Mentor Cafe: Personal Branding Mentor

Jamie Mason Cohen works with entrepreneurs and small business owners ready for growth who want to stand out from their competition by identifying what makes them unique and translate their unique passion into an epic personal brand.

He is an #1 Amazon bestselling author, a TEDx speaker, the recipient of a Huff-Post and TED Education international teaching award and a Handwriting analysis expert.

 

Katia Millar

Katia Millar, Founder + Chief Inspirational Officer, PositiveFabulousWomen.com

Mentor Cafe: Personal Branding Mentor

Katia Millar is the Founder & Chief Inspirational Officer of Positive Fabulous Women. She’s also a Mentor, Speaker, Connector and Visibility Strategist working with purpose-driven entrepreneurs to help them stand out, build a tribe and grow their influence so that they can make an impact. Katia has travelled to over 25 countries and lived in 3 continents. After an 18 year career in the corporate world, she launched her business in 2008 as way to live a life of purpose and meaning – while connecting and inspiring others to do the same. She has since built a network of over 15K through an active social media presence, strategic networking and events that she hosts both on/offline. She has appeared in numerous local and national media and spoken to many audiences about her story.

She is passionate about her WHY – as well as hot yoga, photography, her 2 sons, and most of all – enjoying this journey we call life!